Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Nearly A Third Arrested By Age 23

This is a bit of a mind-boggling fact.
Nearly one in three people will be arrested by the time they are 23, a study published Monday in Pediatrics found.

"Arrest is a pretty common experience," says Robert Brame, a criminologist at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and principal author of the study.

The new data show a sharp increase from a previous study that stunned the American public when it was published 44 years ago by criminologist Ron Christensen. That study found 22% of youth would be arrested by age 23. The latest study finds 30.2% of young people will be arrested by age 23.

Criminologist Alfred Blumstein says the increase in arrests for young people in the latest study is unsurprising given several decades of tough crime policies.

"I was astonished 44 years ago. Most people were," says Blumstein, a professor of operations research at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University who served with Christensen on President Lyndon Johnson's crime task force.

Now, Blumstein says, youth may be arrested for drugs and domestic violence, which were unlikely offenses to attract police attention in the 1960s. "There's a lot more arresting going on now," he says. Study: Nearly 1 in 3 will be arrested by age 23

It would be interesting to see the crosstabs on this, boys versus girls, whites and minorities broken out.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is little understood is the gangrenous effect the war on drugs has on our society

having all these young people indoctrinated into the prison population sets a malignant tone for the rest of their lives in society

the government needs to get out of the business of telling what we can smoke or ingest

in addition to those arrested for drugs, much of the violence may also be related to the criminalization of drugs

did we learn nothing from Prohibition?

Obama must have missed that discussion in his high school history class

maybe he was sick that week

"A series of experiments conducted by Italian researchers indicate the Shroud of Turin is likely authentic.

Decades of research on Jesus' proposed burial cloth have revealed an array of conflicting ideas surrounding the shroud's authenticity. However, researchers from Italy's National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development believe their findings undermine previous theories that the shroud was faked in the medieval period, the Telegraph reports. The new claim seems to again be stirring controversy, as many point to previous research to the contrary.

Last year scientists were able to replicate marks on the cloth using highly advanced ultraviolet techniques that weren't available 2,000 years ago -- nor during the medieval times, for that matter.

Research in the 1980s suggests the image was "forged" on the cloth between 1260 and 1390, but scientists have determined the hypothesis was based on testing material from a patch likely used to to repair the cloth after a fire, the BBC reports.

Since the shroud and "all its facets" still cannot be replicated using today's top-notch technology, researchers suggest it is impossible that the original image could have been created in either period."

December 21, 2011 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich had an exchange with a gay voter Tuesday in Oskaloosa, Iowa that ended with the former House speaker telling him to vote for President Barack Obama if gay marriage was the most important issue to him.

Scott Arnold, an adjunct professor of writing at William Penn University who is a Democrat, asked how Gingrich plans to engage gay Americans.

"I think for those for whom the only issue that really matters is the definition of marriage I won't get their support. On the other hand, for those for whom it's not the central issue in their life--if they care about job creation, if they care about national security, if they care about a better future for the country at large, then I think I'll get their support."

"So what if it is the biggest issue?" asked Arnold.

"Well if that's the most important issue for you then you should be for Obama," said Gingrich.

At another campaign stop in Iowa Tuesday, a gay voter called Gingrich a "f***ing a**hole."

December 21, 2011 4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A series of experiments conducted by Italian researchers indicate the Shroud of Turin is likely authentic."

Could this be related?

Cocaine dust found in the air above Italy: Study

Newtie peaked in a week! Here come the headlines

Bachmann Slams Gingrich for Freddie Mac Link

Newt Gingrich heckled by Occupy Des Moines protesters

Mitt Romney "Slams" Newt Gingrich For Whining About Mean Ads

Gingrich's support for ethanol subsidies brings out the knives at WSJ

Chris Christie Slams Newt Gingrich

Bachmann Slams Gingrich On Abortion Stance

Wall Street Journal Slams GOP's 'Circular Firing Squad' on Payroll Tax Debacle

December 21, 2011 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Happy Anniversary to the repeal of DADT said...

"VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A Navy tradition caught up with the repeal of the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" rule on Wednesday when two women sailors became the first to share the coveted "first kiss" on the pier after one of them returned from 80 days at sea.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta of Placerville, Calif., descended from the USS Oak Hill amphibious landing ship and shared a quick kiss in the rain with her partner, Petty Officer 3rd Class Citlalic Snell of Los Angeles. Gaeta, 23, wore her Navy dress uniform while Snell, 22, wore a black leather jacket, scarf and blue jeans. The crowd screamed and waved flags around them.

"It's something new, that's for sure," Gaeta told reporters after the kiss. "It's nice to be able to be myself. It's been a long time coming."

For the historical significance of the kiss, there was little to differentiate it from countless others when a Navy ship pulls into its home port following a deployment. Neither the Navy nor the couple tried to draw attention to what was happening and many onlookers waiting for their loved ones to come off the ship were busy talking among themselves.

David Bauer, the commanding officer of the USS Oak Hill, said that Gaeta and Snell's kiss would largely be a non-event and the crew's reaction upon learning who was selected to have the first kiss was positive.

"It's going to happen and the crew's going to enjoy it. We're going to move on and it won't overshadow the great things that this crew has accomplished over the past three months," Bauer said.

The ship returned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story following an 80-day deployment to Central America. The crew of more than 300 participated in exercises involving the militaries of Honduras, Guatemala Colombia and Panama as part of Amphibious-Southern Partnership Station 2012.

Both women are Navy fire controlmen, who maintain and operate weapons systems on ships. They met at training school where they were roommates and have been dating for two years, which they said was difficult under "don't ask, don't tell."

"We did have to hide it a lot in the beginning," Snell said. "A lot of people were not always supportive of it in the beginning, but we can finally be honest about who we are in our relationship, so I'm happy."

Navy officials said it was the first time on record that a same-sex couple was chosen to kiss first upon a ship's return. Sailors and their loved ones bought $1 raffle tickets for the opportunity.

Gaeta said she bought $50 of tickets, a figure that she said pales in comparison to amounts that some other sailors and their loved ones had bought. The money was used to host a Christmas party for the children of sailors.

Snell said she believes their experience won't be the last one for gays and lesbians in the military.

"I think that it's something that is going to open a lot of doors, for not just our relationship, but all the other gay and lesbian relationships that are in the military now," she said.

Snell is based on the USS Bainbridge, the guided missile destroyer that helped rescue cargo captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates in 2009."

December 21, 2011 7:20 PM  

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